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. >>> one positive, timing of sandy struck right as the new fiscal year was just beginning. that means fema's coffers are full. there's $7 billion congress appropriated for disaster fund, plus another billion left over from 2012. that should last fema through the end of the year, but with sandy expected to cost upwards of $60 billion, the odds are that congress is going to have to allocate more this winter. plus, if washington doesn't strike a deal to avoid the sequester cuts january 1st, that fiscal cliff thing, fema will take a $900 million hit. so what does all this mean? nbc's mike viqueira is back at the white house. any word from the white house on this? >> reporter: well, i mean, the short answer to your question, steve, is we don't know. and this may not surprise anybody, but it depends on who the occupant of this building is going to be come january 21st. i mean, there are a couple competing different plans out there. remember, the fiscal year, as you pointed out, always started october the 1st. congress, before leaving town very early to get on the campaign trail, extended one of
government sf ready. >> we have prepositioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available. i'm confident that we're ready, but i think the public needs to prepare for the fact that this is going to take a long time for us to clean up. >> and with that lengthy cleanup in mind, the president was asked about the potential impact on the quickly approaching election. >> the election will take care of itself next week. right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search and rescue teams are going to be in place, that people are going to get the food, the water, the shelter they need in case of emergency and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track. >> as for mitt romney, he and paul ryan have canceled events tonight and tomorrow, but earlier in ohio governor romney did extend his concern and sympathy. >> on the eastern coast of our nation a lot of people are enduring some very difficult times, and our hearts and
. >> michael brown, in charge of fema, is criticizing president obama. >> brownie, you're doing a heck of a job. >> brown would have said more but he was busy responding to katrina. >> garbage, crap, and nonsense. >> you're watching fox. you're hearing about a state department, the cia does nothing. >> you are misleading the american people. >> at least we don't live in swing state hell. >> jeep, now owned by the italians, is thinking of moving all production to china. >> the biggest load of bull in the world. >> why do you say these things, mi romney? >> joe biden is using his teeth to illuminate hoboken. >> find that special someone in the early voting line. >> our destiny is in the hands of the american people. >> i will fight for you and your family every single day as hard as i know how. >> let's get to our panel, dana 34i8 bank is political columnist for "the washington post" and toure is my colleague and the co-host of "the cycle." desperate mitt, desperate measures. in your column this week you write, when the stakes are high, as they are for mr. romney, it must win ohio, the truth is o
. they're offering seven million meals over the next few days through fema, opening 50 shelters around the state and dispatching national guard troops to help people stranded in the storm. the governor's office asking all residents to be very patient, saying this will not be an easy storm to recover from and especially be patient with power still out, saying it could take days, even up to a week for that power to come back on. back to you. >> nbc's janel klein reporting in snowshoe, west virginia. our thanks to jannel and all of our correspondents for their reports. >>> we just got a new photograph of president obama this morning making an unscheduled stop at fema headquarters. the president has made it clear that he wants no red tape when it comes to the government getting what they need to hands the aftermath of the storm, for the government to get to people their needs. the president also visited fema ahead of the storm's landfall with that same message. this reminder, he's leaving for new jersey and the meeting with the governor and mayor of atlantic city in the next hour. we'll br
. he is locked down at the white house, telephoning governors and mayors and meeting with fema. >> mitt romney is not campaigning but holding what his campaign calls a hurricane relief event coincidentally in battleground ohio. >> we have a lot of goods here and i know there's more coming in and we're going to box these things up in just a minute and put them on some trucks and then we're going to send them into i think it's new jersey. >> new yorkers ordered off the streets last night it was a lonely late night for letterman and fallon. no live audiences to laugh at their jokes. >> got up this morning, turned on the radio and listened for the talk show closings. i have no luck. >> talk show closings. >> yeah. >> that's a play on -- >> wait a minute. i think i hear people banging at the door of the theater demanding to come in. wait a minute! we don't want to miss this. the storm has stopped the presidential campaign, so at least some good has come of it. >> and good day. aim andrea mitchell, live in washington. not a laughing matter today. the northeast crippled by sandy. 8 million wit
would,. state government is here. we're doing what we need to do. we're coordinating with fema. i want to thank administrator fugate for being here and helping our operation even better and we'll move on from here. what i said yesterday i really mean. there has got to be sorrow. and you see that in, president has seen that today in the eyes and faces of a lot of folks he met. and that sorrow is appropriate. we suffered some loss. luckily we haven't suffered that much loss of life and we thank god for that. we have suffered losses. this is the worst time i've seen in my lifetime in this state but we can not permit that sorrow to reprays the -- replace resilience i know all new jerseyians have. we'll get up and get this thing built and get it back together because that is what this state is about and always been about. for all who are here, i met a bunch of you here at brigantine who disregarded my admonition to get the hell out of here. you are forgiven this time but not for much longer. when all of you look around and see all this destruction that's fine. you know what? all that stuff
in and assess their damage. we have information from fema for a contact number. we are moving along >>shepard: what is the thinking on when your people might be able to get settled again with businesses open and school back in session? >>guest: our best bet is based on the electric frist but our best bet is school on monday. people will probably not move back in their houses for a month or so. the flooding was extensive. the little film of muck and mire that coats everything will cause them to throw most of their first-floor belongings out. >>shepard: i have seen that theme reported in new orleans and it is absolutely in fun. when can people come in and aset? >>guest: we got word from the governor's office to file with fema using an 800 number to file and then you can get an okay to go in and take out debris. >>shepard: i remember a month after the storm, katrina, on the mississippi coast, speaking with the mayor of a small town down there where for a mile inland everything was rubble. he started to tell me, our problems now are mental. walking around in this, living in this, not being able t
to let you know the political is reporting tonight that as far as disaster money in the bank had fema the mafia currently has about $8 billion on hand to respond to this hurricane. so there will be billions out there. we know this is -- right now one of the preliminary estimates that 10-20000000000. so fema does apparently have about $8 billion for its disaster relief.lly we have gotn confirmation from the romney campaign that governor romney u.s. canceled his campaign events will be holding a hurricane relief advance in ohio tomorrow. back to you. neil: thank you very much. we are getting word that of new jersey right now that holes was of the midsection, the northern section of new jersey are without power. by the way, that would include my wife and family, but it might be my wife's way of saying i really cannot be bothered watching a. al pretend it is a power outage. in all seriousness, that is the case. that would affect up to a million new jersey is, if you had said no 100,000 now without power in connecticut, likely upwards of 2 million in new york. you could add it up and see h
that effort. let me go to david connorn. it seems to me that fema, there was a judgment made way back when in the '70s that government needs to be united. one focus by one man or woman, this guy, fugate's got to be good. you need like a baseball team, you need a manager, somebody to call the shots. >> and we see with more extreme weather happening in the last few years, it's more necessary to have a national, federalized approach, particularly in the planning and in the research, and tracking storms. that can't be done by 50 different states. i thought the president today was very smart when he spoke up in new jersey with governor christie. he thanked the congressional delegate for voting for fema funds. something that, of course, mitt romney -- >> well, anybody -- here's where it happens. the president this morning toured that devastation down in jersey with governor chris christie. afterwards, they had some kind words for each other. let's watch. >> pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. so i want
made at a debate last year in which he said some of fema's responsibilities should be turned over to the states. >>> and sandy is looming large over next week's presidential election with officials scrambling to make up for time lust to the stotime -- time lost to the storm. >> early voting sites were forced to close in battleground states like north carolina and virginia. maryland extended early voting to friday. pennsylvaniaians have until tomorrow to request an absentee ballot. despite the tragedy if you care about the election get out there and vote. >> hate to hear any stories that are going to come about in the next week or so that people weren't able to get to the polling centers. >> the power of the polling sites. logistical issues. >> in manhattan, something of an unfortunate tourist destination has popped up, or, i guess, come down, maybe, we don't want it to come down. it's this massive crane. that is just toppled over in sandy's winds. just dangling. >> kind of become an icon of the storm damage up here. still hanging in there. it has been secured for now. they tell us
supporters to pitch in. with fema working overtime, democrats are hammering him for what he said at a debate when asked if some of fema's responsibilities should be turned over to the states. >> abslaugolutely. any team you have occasion to take something from the federal government and send back to the states that is the right direction. if you can go back and send it to the private sector that's better. >> reporter: romney wouldn't answer question as but that? >> governor would you eliminate fema if you were president. >> reporter: with canceled events. the campaign continues. bill clinton led a rally in indianapolis that appeared entirely political. with a race this close, not even a storm of the century can bring the campaign to a halt. jonathan karl, abc news, kettering ohio. cover everything.'t only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousa
of governor romney, his flip-flopping. for example, on the issue of fema, he was suggesting months ago that maybe you don't need a federal emergency management agency, maybe you can just let each state fend for itself. now, imagine where we would be if someone had actually taken that advice and killed fema. you would have new york, new jersey, each fighting with each other for scarce resources, for fuel, for power, for electric line repair, competing against each other to bring in assistance from other states instead of having someone to coordinate it and push it. >> we obviously saw the extraordinary scenes this week in many ways of governor christie in new jersey, sort of metaphorically putting his arm around the president, telling him what a great president he was. last thing you would have expected say two weeks ago. what did you make of that? >> i thought it was a fair appraisal. look, governor christie and new jersey has a real problem. jersey shore devastated, plus all the electric outages and problems throughout a large part of the state. of course governor christie needs help.
from fema, the coast guard, no one. and it's just puzzling. i understand there are worse case scenarios down at the beach, or they're still digging out bodies, but it's just amazing that nothing's been done here. >> reporter: now on the scene red cross, fema as well as the city. they have brought in food, they have brought in water, they have brought in generators, but again, many people here say it's simply not enough, and it simply took too long. as for the power, there are still about 55,000 people on staten island waiting for electricity. a big part of the problem here is that they get their electricity from overhead wires, and con ed has said those type of repairs are going to take longer, possibly as much as one other week. and lastly, many here mourning the deaths of the 19 who died. many people died on staten island than in any other borough in new york city. two of the youngest victims, connor and brandon moore, ages 4 and 2. they were swept away, they were in an suv with their mother, glenda. the suv overrun with water for more than a day there was a frantic search. yesterday
manhattan flooding fema sent national underwater team to drain the downtown area. more than seven million are without power. here's brandi hitt. >> reporter: good afternoon. new york is slowly starting to come back to life. superstorm sandy is living up to all warnings. at least 35 people have been killed. more than eight mill are without power. djg -- million are without power. sandy is leaving death, darkness and flooding as it moves inland. >> oh my gosh. no walls. >> reporter: the storm lost hurricane status monday as it made landfall on the new jersey shore 80 mile per hour winds. sandy had enough strength to flood lower manhattan with 13 foot storm surge and pushed this 700 ton tanker on to a staten island street. new york city subways under several feet of water. >> we've got all our resources to get everything open i am >> reporter: the damage is extensive in new york. a crane collapsed and still dangling 80 stories above streets. >> get on the sidewalk. >> reporter: major hospital was evacuated after its back-up generators failed. >> this is an infant. more more than 50 homes wer
the president on this. let me play what's getting traction. mayor bloomberg regarding fema assistance for new york. let me play it. >> president obama asked craig fugate from fema to call and ask if we needed help. i assured him, i think, we had everything under control and appreciate the effort. >> saturday, i think i have everything under control. he actually passed on having the president with him in noshg and then, book, this surprise endorsement saying that the role of government is all the more glaring to him now after hurricane sandy. what do you make? >> i don't think that those things are necessarily inconsistent, but there's no question it's a surprise. will it move actual votes where neither candidate is speaking votes, maybe not. the surprise factor on the heel of govern orp christie bear hug not an endorsement of course his elm brags of president obama in the wake was storm is nothing bullet good news. >> also the notion that business men stick together. we have a very wealthy leader of new york city that could have went the side of governor romney, but chose to go a different di
and i have supported, laws, including our fema legislation that to the best of our ability to tries to make whole. there is going to be needs for more loans for people to get their businesses back up and running. the most disturbing thing is the inability of people to make a living short-term, because their business has been destroyed. if they were 100 reds of yards of -- hundreds of yards of the boardwalk, this is a beautiful area in and around the area appreciates, and see it destroyed, so completely, you know brings tearing s tears to , even when people talk like i did about important of pla balance budget, there is always that caveat, we write into balance budget amendment, when there is is a national disaster, that takes precedent, we need to be fully onboard, in providing whatever resources are needed to make it whole. gerri: fema, hamstrung has a lot of debt, congressman, i hope you come back to and talk to us about it. i certainly hope that your family, and everyone close to you is safe tonight, thank you for your help. >> thank you. gerri: all right meanwhile story goes o8
it is the red cross and fema. fema was knocking on doors. [talking over each other] neil: what were they doing when they were knocking on doors? >> giving people desperately needed information and letting them know what the processes and there were inspectors looking at how to assees the damage to the people can start to get some funding so they can start replacing in putting together their lives. going door-to-door is extremely important. a lot of things that happened today that, you know, need desperately to be done. we are still hurttng. it is a tremendous amount to be done. there are a lot of people are looking for answers and still haven't been gone through. the only backslapping that there should be at all is from the volunteers of the shelters and the hospital staff is working around the clock. and even con edison has been out there 24/7. i know there is power outages, but they are doing everything they can. those are our heroes. the nypd and the first responders. they are unbelievable. neil: thank you, very much, congressman michael grimm. and it starts with folks are saying, wait a mi
about what i thought about the work of fema. i have to tell you fema has done a great job with our pennsylvania emergency management agency. very pleased at their responsiveness. i'm pleased at their responsiveness from the president and telling us they will be there to help us. so i think if, christie is talking that way he has an honest feeling about that. melissa: governor, thanks so much for coming on the show and taking time out. i hope you get your power back soon. >> thank you very much. we appreciate that. melissa: clearly one of the major issues in the wake of storm is power. we can't stop talking about it. check out this video though. it is an explosion at a power station in new york city during monday night's superstorm. that was in manhattan. can you believe that? look at that! there are still more than 6 million people up and undo the east coast without power. some utilities are telling customers not to, look at that, not to expect juice for at least another week. that means no lights, no hot water, no heat. not to mention all the food going bad in everyone's fridges.
would have an expedited process with fema, get whatever assistance we needed. he moved an expedited process this morning by declaring new jersey a major disaster area. the eight counties that are receiving an medek louisiana ratioand immediate individual, atlantic, cape may, hudson, excess. middle south momoth, ocean and union. note this list is not final and many other counties will be added as we make a damage assessment. the biggest issues we are facing right now in our most inch packeted counties are search and rescue and restoration of pow every. i want to make up sure that we are getting to new jersey citizens who chose not to evacuate or got caught in floodwaters. our pr priority is to assure the safety and security of every new jersey citizen. our helicopters are in the air as we speak engaging in coastline rescue efforts. our swift water team is positioned in atlantic city and has begun rescue and recovery for hose who remained in atlantic city. teams units from central and south to union beach. middletown, bell mar. madelsquain are beginning rescue april rations. we saw ti
. the timing couldn't have been worse. >> mitt romney take it as an opportunity to express that fema and this should be a state issue not necessarily a federal run issue that the state should have. supremacy over that. >> right. >> definitely like you said, a distraction that they, that they -- what are we talking politics? and binders? >> the president's day job. he has to go do that for a few days. >> of course going to be following the latest on hurricane sandy throughout the morning. make sure you stay with abc news, both onisha^ and online for complete coverage of the storm. >>> most of of will remember this day for the hurricane and whatever it may bring. but for these san francisco giants, they are waking up this morning as world series champions. the giants defeated the detroit tigers last night in game four, final score of this one, 4-3, the game went ten innings. gave the giants their second world series title in three years. a clean sweep for the giants. what happened to your tigers, paula, not even competitive? >> they swept the yankees. they had the near week-long layoff
. president working with fema. so definitely affecting the election right at, incredibly, a pivotal time. >> mm-hmm. they're now being forced to move their campaigns as well as kind of switch their messages as well. >>> but first there's a bull's eye on more than 50 million people this morning as hurricane sandy is taking aim. forecasters are warning everybody in its path, vast path, that the mega storm, some are calling a perfect storm will unleash life-threatening flooding. >> hurricane sandy has already paralyzed the northeast. ripple effects will be felt across the country for days if not weeks if not months to come. we begin with abc's tahman bradley. he's in ocean city, maryland. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. sandy is a monster, unprecedented in size and scope. along the mid-atlantic, residents are hunkered down preparing for the worst. >> we are expecting a pretty significant storm here that could lead to very significant flooding. >> reporter: transportation brought to a standstill throughout the region. more than 6,000 flights have already been grounded through tuesd
million still without power. this morning, president obama was briefed again on the situation by fema officials. yesterday, he spent four hours touring the damage and meeting with people in new jersey. in an emotional moment, a marina owner came to him in tears. he promised her she's going to get the help she needs. >> we are with here for you. and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt. >> well, it's unprecedented timing. this is all happening just five days before the election. the latest round of nbc news wall street journal polls show the president leading in iowa, wisconsin, and new hampshire. but it is still very close. let me bring in washington post columnist dana millbank and molly ball. good morning. >> good morning. >> hi. >> let's start by talking about the president's response to the hurricane. a poll shows 78% view his response positively. what do you think, dana? is this helping him? >> well, i think it's sort of unseenly to try to gauge out who benefits from human tragedy. certainly, whoever is in
a meeting with emergency responders, fema, homeland security, he says the federal government is prepared. they have food and water position all throughout the eastern united states ready to respond where they are needed. this is a big storm and telling us here in the northeast pretty much what we do not want to hear. >> transportation is going to be tied up for a long time. probably the most significant impact for a lot of people, in addition to flooding, will be getting power back on. we anticipate there will be a lot of trees down. a lot of water. rich: he does not anticipate there will be any impact on the election. governor romney has changed his campaign schedule. back to you. ashley: rich edson indices. thank you very much. the new york stock exchange closed today. it is closed tomorrow as well. we almost had electronic trading opened today. why wasn't it. charlie gasparino continues that story next. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen anjeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they' gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country
was asked, he said i haven't talked to the president today because i don't need to because fema is doing everything they asked. but if i need to, i'll call him and he'll be there. >> so if this election is about the economy, how important was the jobs report that came out today? >> i think it was important the consumer confidence number important, the number that shows retail sales going up was important. and that's all reflected in the polling. there is a lot of different polling. for example, in the purple poll, you now see the lines crossing on whether or not people think the economy is doing better. a year ago people had no notion, no belief that the economy was doing better. so a lot more economic confidence, i think bill clinton told a powerful story at the convention this was going to take some time, but we were on the up tick and that we were headed in the right direction. i think people believe that. >> yeah. clinton has -- president clinton has done a heck of a job. >> isn't he great? >> he has done a heck of a job. >> and they made a big mistake, they set him up as the validat
that, but it is being discussed. gerri: free legal services to be available from fema. is that typical? >> it is. the federal government reaches out and tries to do what i can't help small businesses. that is available from the government, where you can get those types of services. gerri: the cdc will have some clean-up tips. is that on their website. >> absolutely. you can go to cdc and get those helpful tips as well. gerri: i know people tonight are sitting at home talking about what can i do, what can i do right now to help get this back up and running? would you say to people who are looking for that disaster plan? >> you need to assess the damage, assess the damage i like to your existing business, but project going forward with this will do to your local economy, particularly if you have a small business. forecast cash flows. affect consumers in your area if your business to business type of an operation. most importantly you have to preserve your data. small businesses really need to use cloud computing solutions to get their hardware and software of premising get into a militar
from those storms. pennsylvania emergency management agency working with fema. we are prepared. the counties are prepared. we just want people to be prepared. >> hopefully they take the warning. really quickly, as we talk about something that is important for our viewers to hear about, you are personally making sure that everything is nice and prepared. >> who are penny and harry? my wife gave me the to do less yesterday of those coming to the emergency operations center to pick up some dog food for the dogs. we ask the people to take care of their pets and also take care of themselves. have medications ready. have a bag if you're in the low-lying areas. have a bag ready to go with medications and important documents and make sure that you have diapers and everything in place right now. jenna: you have to think of the pets. they are a member of the family. >> if i know them right now, they are probably out in the yard running in the rain. they like the rain to they like it for now. we will see how they fill a couple of hours. >> thank you. jenna: thank you for joining us. hurr
napolitano along with fema's deputy administrator will arrive on staten island later today. three navy war ships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort now. utility vehicles have been brought in on utility planes from the west coast to give power companies some help and some 50,000 utility workers are being deployed from across the country. new jersey secretary of state meanwhile announced thursday that military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in communities that remain without power. amtrak will offer limited service between new york city and boston today. the new york city subway system is slowly coming back to life. the m-train, which links queens to manhattan actually started running. manhattan remains in the dark. with little mass transit folks are turning to their cars and you know what that means. lots of gas lines. they extend for miles. according to the most recent report from triple-a, of the gas stations it monitors roughly 60% of stations in new jersey and 70% on long island were closed thursday. both of new je
to project leadership. >> speaking today with the national weather service and folks at fema they're preparing for the landfall of a very, very dangerous hurricane. >> reporter: a tougher task perhaps for the candidate who does not runt f the federal government. with president obama in washington, d.c. you may wonder why i and the press corps are here in florida, the bottom line it wasn't safe for our press chart tire fly become to washington. we are not exactly "air force one." so we are sitting here waiting for president obama to decide to when he is going to resume his time on the campaign trail and catch up with him there. cynthia. >> thank you to you, jake tapper. "good morning america" will have all of the latest updates in the morning with nearly 5 million people still without power, 13 reported dead, the atlantic coast, picking up the pieces from the whaeak of the storm effects could ripple across the midwest and atlantic states. check in for the updates on abcnews.com. stay safe, america. good night from all of us at abc news. hours. but none so stark as the one from lowe
for you? >> well i think we've got to get -- obviously fema is already working and we are doing assessments as we speak. we are primarily concerned about safety because a lot of power lines are down, and there are gas leaks, and we try to keep people away from those. people, if they go back, if they are in their homes should be very careful about the power lines and gas leaks. that is a big concern right now. then the assessment is going on as well for fema so that we can get the federal funds in to help out. jon: i guess the silver lining here at some point is that, you know, when you rebuild some of these areas, homes, businesses and so forth, you can build them better than before, but right now that seems an awful longtime away, huh? >> it really does. i'm going to do whatever i can to get all the federal funds in. one of the things i'd like to do is to have the federal government wave the local match. for a lot of the things there is a local match of 10 to 15%. these towns won't be able to afford that. we are working on it. right now still the concern is safety more than any
mean he's out, obviously at red cross and at fema and he is clearly leading the recovery effort right now. i think he has a little bit of a political advantage over mitt romney in the sense that mitt romney is just a candidate trying to talk about what is going on when the president has the advantage of actually being responsible for the recovery effort right now. and i think he is doing a good job. he has been praised by pub be republicans and democrats alike last few days for being responsive to their needs. he is going up to new jersey with chris christie to take a personal inspection what is going on. clearly this changed the race a little bit. i think at the end of the day this will only be an advantage of barack obama if there is perception that the recovery has been well-handled. it is not about pictures. it is about out comes. we have five days to see if he does a good job. jon: does the public, mary katherine, reach out, wrap the president in the warm embrace of a job well-done, nation coming together in time of crisis? >> i think this is a concern for both campaigns because
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